Cell alert was sent shortly after 6 a.m. to area residents .
A police vehicle was fired upon near the 200th Langley Street and Bypass, in Langley, B.C. on Monday, July 25, 2022.
A suspect was killed by police Monday morning after shots were fired at five different locations in the town of Langley and a nearby township in Greater Vancouver that left two people injured and two others dead.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced late Monday morning that four people were hit by bullets and that two of them died.
A woman was taken to hospital in critical condition.
One of the dead men was found outside the Creek Stone Place accommodations, another man was found dead at the Logan Avenue and Glover Road bus loop. A third man, injured in the leg, was found near 200th Street and the Langley Bypass.
Commercials and businesses unoccupied during the shootings were also affected, explains the RCMP.
It was near 200th Street and the Langley Bypass that police encountered the suspect in the early hours of the morning and during their interaction with the suspect, officers fired their weapons, touching the man, police say.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officer Steve Wade, Acting Langley RCMP Officer, explained that other Metro Vancouver officers have been assisting and cooperating with the RCMP, much appreciated help.
Langley RCMP and emergency response teams respond to the scene of a suspected shooting on 200th Street in Langley, British Columbia, Thursday, July 25, 2022.
RCMP Lower Mainland Deputy District Commander Ghalib Bhayani says the suspect's motives are not yet known and it is unclear whether the suspect knew his victims. Ghalib Bhayani is asking the public to provide any information that may help the investigation. At a press conference, he specified that the man was a sniper and that the RCMP must take care of at least five scenes.
Very moved, the mayor of Langley , Val van den Broek, said at the beginning of the afternoon that he was heartbroken and thinking of the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy.
“Everyone in our community should know that this is an isolated incident, as far as we know. […] We are strong, we will get through this.
— Val van den Broek, Mayor, Langley
David Lee, spokesperson for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) explained that the identities of the victims and the shooter are known and families are being notified.
With tears in her eyes, the mayor of Langley said she knows some of the people involved in these shootings. David Lee says that at this stage of the investigation it is not possible to confirm whether the victims are homeless people, but Val van den Broek nevertheless called for more funding and structures for homeless people.
An alert was sent shortly after 6 a.m. to cell phones in the Greater Vancouver area on Monday asking people to be careful around Langley. The alert reported multiple shootings, including at least one involving homeless people.
The spokesperson for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team traced the shooter's journey which began shortly after midnight on Monday near the Casino Cascades. According to David Lee, the first shooting took place from midnight to 3 a.m., then more shots took place at 5 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. After the casino, the shooter went in front of the Creek Stone Place building which houses former homeless people, then at the Logan Avenue and Glover Road bus loop and finally near 200th Street and the Langley Bypass.
The alert was sent shortly after 6 a.m., when the required trigger criteria were finally met (a serious active threat, an evolving and unpredictable situation, and enough information on the geographical area), explains Ghalib Bhayani.< /p>
Homeless people may have been victims of the gunfire.
RCMP Lower Mainland Deputy District Commander notes this is only the second time this system has been used by the RCMP in the province, following a shooting in Vanderhoof in late 2021.
< p class="e-p">The mayor, who was woken up by the alert, considers these devices very important, even if it only saves one person.
Monday noon, the RCMP was still asking public to avoid at least three areas:
- 200th Street and the Langley bypass,
- Cascades Casino parking lot, located near Fraser Highway and 204 Street,
- Logan Avenue and Glover Road bus loop.
In a statement, the RCMP says the British Columbia Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has been notified of the incident and will investigate the actions of the police.
L& #x27;Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is simultaneously investigating the shootings, prior to police involvement, and asking anyone with information to contact police.
With information from Timothy Matt e-Bergeron